Visited with Ernie Graham at the liquor store
There he was. One of my heroes. Not the type that you can’t even go up to chat with.
Ernest Graham, the high-scoring Maryland Terp. He was searching for beers as I came upon Graham back in his glory days at Maryland.
And frankly, I read him the riot act. I asked to make sure it was him and then told him that I read in the Washington Post that he still in the shadow of Buck Williams and Albert King.
I told Ernie, the pride of Baltimore, that he was the best of them all. And to never forget how good he was.
At the risk of being of being repetitive but he was so much fun to watch play. And frankly if the 3-point shot was around in his day, he would have a few 70-point nights to chat about.
That 78-79 season, he led the Terps in scoring (16.6).
It was Dec. 20, 1978 when Graham tore up North Carolina State. He hit the Wolfpack club up for a school record 44 points. That mark still holds up today. At times he was the most exciting player on the court.
And maybe I could have taken some responsibility and told him to stay away from drugs.
Now the present-day Terps are two games up on the .500 mark after 30 games. The 16th win came over Virginia Tech 64-47 on March 4. It took a big second half by the Terps to pin the 20th loss of the season on the Hokies. OK, nothing to brag about. Jake Layman came off the bench to lead a balanced attack with 13 points. Dez Wells added 11.
This win ended a brief two-game slide. But the losses weren’t all the bad. The former top team in the nation, Syracuse, edged the Terps by a single basket. Sophomore Seth Allen had 22 points in the 57-55 loss.
The same thing happened against highly-ranked Duke on Feb. 15. Duke won it’s 20th game 69-67. Layman had 18 points and Wells 17. Evidently this un-ranked team of ours can play with anybody but just can’t beat them.
On the first of March, the Terps went to double overtime before falling to 18-game winner Clemson. Allen had 20 points and Wells 16 in the 77-73 loss.